Happy Birthday to Curt Warner

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Curt Warner was a back who carried the Seahawks to new heights by never backing down during his seven-season stay, which is just one of the many reasons to send Happy Birthday wishes his way.

How is possible that Curt Warner turns 53-years old on Tuesday?

The same way it’s possible that it was 31 years ago the Seahawks traded away their 1983 NFL Draft to move up to the No. 3 spot so they could select the running back from Penn State to put the legs in the “Ground Chuck” offense of new coach Chuck Knox; and 28 years ago that Warner led the AFC in rushing with a career-high 1,481 yards; and 20 years ago that Warner became the fifth person inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and few things in the 38-season history of the Seahawks have been more fun than watching Warner start one way only to cut back the other en route to breaking a long run.

Rather than wonder about an appropriate gift for Warner on his special day, it seems like a good time to reflect on all the gifts he provided the Seahawks and their fans from 1983-89.

That 60-yard run up the left sideline at Arrowhead Stadium on his first regular-season on Sept. 4, 1983.

Those 1,449 rushing yards during his rookie season, which included 13 scoring runs – each mark still the franchise rookie record.

His 207-yard rushing performance against the Chiefs later in the 1983 season, which remained the franchise record until Shaun Alexander ran for 266 yards in a 2001 game against the Oakland Raiders.

The two touchdown runs in the playoff upset of the Dolphins in Miami to send the Seahawks to the 1983 AFC Championship game.

Warner coming back from tearing a knee ligament in the 1984 season opener to rush for 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns and also catch a career-high 47 passes in 1985.

That 1,481-yard season in 1986, which included 13 more scoring runs; and another 1,000-yard season (1,025) in 1988.

His four-rushing touchdown performance against the Denver Broncos in 1988, which Alexander tied three times but never surpassed.